Thursday, September 20, 2012

Memories In My Skin (AVI3M/AVI3O)

I am a practicing artist as well as a teacher, which means that I try to use part of my summer holidays to create art.  My work is inspired by all sorts of things, but lately I have focused on the time that I lived in Mexico City.  I was lucky enough to go back there to visit friends in July, and it really got me thinking about a new series of photographs.
The thought that I focused on as I was making my newest pieces was the idea of "memories in the skin/Mexico en la Piel"... What memories stay with us forever? Make a permanent impression on our skin and in our souls?
To start, I turned to my journal from Mexico and by using old photos as well, made a series of digital collages that when printed looked like skin.  It sounds a little strange, but I will post some pictures soon.  If you happen to live in Ontario, you can check it out (it's called Epidermis) on display in at the Woodstock Art Gallery starting on September 29th.
How does this tie into my teaching and my student's art?  I decided to give my grade 11 media arts students the same direction for their recent photoshop assignment- they were asked to think about their own memories in their skin, write their stories, and create a digital collage.  Here are the results.  If you would like to read their stories, click on their blogs to the right and take a look.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Grade 11 Animation (AVI3M-3O)

Sorry it's been so long since I last posted!  It's just a sign that we've been really busy and productive in class :)  At last, here are some hand drawn animations that the grade 11 students worked on throughout the semester.  Some have been created with movie maker and some with Flash, however, the Flash pieces are not uploading properly on blogger.  I will try to convert and post them soon!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Photo-Text Assignment (ASM3M-ASM3O)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Grade 12 Media Arts

The best way to stay up to date with what is happening in our class is to check out the student blogs on the right hand side of this screen.  However, I like to show off student work on this page as well- here is some of what the grade 12 students have been up to (below).  The collage is called The Spirit of Endurance, the 3D pictures are awesome if you happen to have the red and green glasses, the bright broken homes are also 3D pieces based on a post-apocolyptic world (you need special glasses to see them in 3D though), you'll see some Spoof Ads too, and finally, a One World Flag.  Enjoy!